Hazara students' suffering from violent protests
Hazara protests make students suffer
Peshawar, Apr 16: Students particularly the non-locals suffered the worst due
to the four-day spell of violent protests in the restive parts of
Hazara division particularly Abbottabad, which came to an end on
Thursday apparently with the passage of the 18th Amendment by the Upper
House of the Parliament.
The administration of Abbottabad,
Haripur and Mansehra had announced closure of all the educational
institutions for three days after the violence on Monday that left
eight people dead and around a hundred injured.
colleges and universities in the three districts reopened on Thursday.
But attendance was quiet low, as majority of the non-local students
could not return due to the non-availability of transport till
The non-local students had also suffered
great hardships in going home in other districts of the province and
elsewhere in the country after their institutions were closed and the
Hailing from Peshawar, one such student of a
private institute of engineering sciences said that he along
with 20 other fellows managed to reach the provincial metropolis after
12-hour drive. The journey could be normally covered in three hours. He
said that they had to change four vehicles to reach Peshawar, as the
roads were blocked and transport not available.
also referred to as the city of schools for housing leading educational
institutions from pre-nursery to PhD level, medical colleges,
engineering universities and other professional institutes. These seats
of learning attract students from across the country.
development is judged from education, Abbottabad can be termed as the
most developed city of the province with over 90 per cent literacy
rate. Also it has far better infrastructure than any other city of the
province including the provincial capital.
Abbottabad has five
medical colleges including the public sector Ayub Medical College and
Women Medical College, Frontier Medical College, Abbottabad
International Medical College and National Institute of Medical
Sciences in private sector.
There are two engineering
universities - a sub-campus of NWFP University of Engineering and
Technology and Comsats - besides a university of science and technology
Abbottabad in the city. Also there are more than 50 other educational
institutions of high standard like Army Burn Hall College, Abbottabad
Public School and others.
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Hamdard University, Islamabad Campus degree-awarding ceremony
Islamabad: Universities are places where knowledge is born,
nurtured and passed on to the next generations as a tool for leading a
This was stated by Federal Minister for Education
Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali while speaking as chief guest at the seventh
degree-awarding ceremony of the Hamdard University, Islamabad Campus,
here on Thursday.
The minister said that the ability of a
nation to use knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the world is all
an endeavour of its leadership centres - the universities. The Hamdard
University aims at translating into reality the ideals of Shaheed Hakim
Mohammed Said and symbolises the nation's hopes and aspirations by its
high standard of quality education.
"Fortunately, Allah has
endowed us with immense qualities and great potential to strive for
knowledge and skills, achieve higher skills and a higher order of being
as humans, and Hamdard University is an emblem in this faith. The
fields of Medicine, Tibb, Engineering, Pharmacy, Information
Technology, Business Management and Law are all enriched by the quality
of students Hamdard University is producing. Hakim Said's aim was to
impart quality education while giving the religious and traditional way
of life its due importance," the federal minister said.
were later awarded to the students of MBA, MBA-ITM, BBA-Hons, BBA-ITM,
BE-IT, MCS, Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelors of Pharmacy, and Bachelors
of Engineering in Electronics Engineering and Tele Communication
Engineering and BE-CSE. Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali congratulated young men
and women for their devotion to learning and receiving their degrees.
University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nasim A. Khan, while speaking
on the occasion, said the Hamdard University is the largest private
sector university in Pakistan, with an enrolment of 7,542 at present
and has produced 16,141 graduates since its inception. "This is a
significant contribution towards the goal of providing higher education
to a large segment of the younger generation in Pakistan and meet the
future manpower needs of the country," he said.
University (Islamabad Campus) Director General Professor Dr. Masud
Ahmed Malik said last year, they received the accreditation of the
Doctor of Pharmacy programme, while hospital attachment for the
training of pharmacy graduates continues with the Federal Government
Hamdard Foundation President Mohtarma Sadia Rashid
said that the convocation might seem like culmination but it actually
is a new beginning of the practical adult life. Giving the example of
her father Shaheed Hakim Mohammad Said, she said from one room and a
few pieces of rented furniture, he built up the whole empire of
Hamdard. "This is the power of one person, but it all happened because
he believed in honesty, hard work and helping his fellow men. Allah's
blessings are always with such a person, who believes in himself," she
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Medical college, technology institute at QAU mulled over
Islamabad: A joint delegation of the Infrastructure Project
Development Facility (IPDF) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) on
Thursday visited Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) and discussed ways and
means with the administration to establish a medical college and an
institute of technology under the public-private partnership mechanism.
delegation held a detailed meeting with Vice Chancellor QAU Dr Masoom
Yasinzai and deans during which Adil Anwar, Chief Executive Officer
IPDF, also presented different proposals for public-private
partnerships in education and health sectors.
The VC showed keen
interest in establishing the medical college and the institute of
technology within the premises of the University campus under the
public-private partnership mechanism. He said the University could
easily accommodate both institutes, as it has quality human resource
(faculty) and infrastructure, adding that it is the need of the hour
for public sector universities to reduce their dependence on the
Adil Anwar on the occasion said the
public-private partnership in education sector is very common around
the globe. In Pakistan, there is a lot of participation of private
sector in education but a partnership of public and private sectors for
a joint educational facility at this level would be something new in
the country, he added.
He said the meeting and presentation
ended on a positive note, as they have full support of the QAU VC and
the deans present at the meeting due to the fact that the resources and
technical assistance would be extended by the private sector.
was proposed that a project steering committee, comprising
representatives from IPDF, HEC and QAU, would be formed to oversee the
technical consultants in preparation of the feasibility reports and
needs & options analysis. Director General (Planning) HEC Dr M
Mazhar Saeed also accompanied the delegation. The news
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Beaconhouse students' performance enthrals audience
Islamabad: Children at Beaconhouse Kindergarten, F-7/4, on
Thursday presented various programmes carrying a message of hope and
"Let's make this world a better place for you and me," the kindergarten children sang, leaving the audience spellbound.
The event was annual parents' day where more than 200 parents were also
present and the school management had invited the city police chief,
Kaleem Imam, as the chief guest.
The holding of parents' day
function was a clear indication that the city life was coming back to
normal as only four months back educational institutions were too
afraid to hold public gatherings in the face of growing security fears.
The children presented six skits, each of five to seven
minutes duration. The performance ranged from singing, classical dance
by nicely dressed girls of class I, two brief drama performances, one
in English and the other in Urdu, to display of physical exercises. Dawn
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French course for teachers at NUML
Islamabad: National University of Modern Languages (NUML) with
the support of French Embassy, is organising a one-week training for
the professors of French language.
Approximately 40 professors
from Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Faislabad, Quetta, Islamabad and
Rawalpindi are getting lectures from French Professor Mohamed Embarki,
from the Franche-ComtĒ University in France. The training focuses on
the role of pronunciation (phonetics) in French (foreign language)
classes. Ambassador of France, Daniel Jouanneau, visited NUML on
Thursday accompanied by the NUML vice chancellor and met the
He commended such initiatives, which contribute to the promotion of French language in Pakistan.
This initiative is part of a French language support programme for schools and universities of Pakistan.
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Quaid-i-Azam University Distinction
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has awarded the Doctor
of Philosophy (PhD) degree to Ms Saima Altaf, Lecturer of Statistics at
Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, says a press
In her research titled 'Statistical Analysis of the
Paired Comparison Models through Bayesian Approach', under the
supervision of Prof Dr Muhammad Aslam, former chairman of the QAU
Statistics Department, objects are compared pair-wise, which is useful
for quality control in the Pakistani industry.
Her PhD thesis
was evaluated by three external referees from advanced countries, which
included Prof Dr Anthony Hayter of University of Denver, USA; Prof Dr
Stute Winfried of University of Giessen, Germany; and Prof Mikhail
Mikulin of University of Victor Segalen Arndstr, France. In their
evaluation report, they compared the thesis at par with international
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MoU signed with Uzbekistan for linguistic research
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar and Tashkent State Institute of
Oriental Studies (TSIOS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) for joint research scholars and faculty exchange programme in the
field of linguistics.
The MoU was signed by University of
Peshawar Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan with Rector of
Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies, said a press release on
Thursday. The two institutions under the joint programme would arrange
special trainings, research studies and workshops for faculty and
students for promotion of oriental languages particularly Urdu, Pashto
and Persian. Rector of the TSIOS Abdur Rehman Mananof said the MoU was
a step towards enhancing cooperation between the two institutes as well
as the two countries. The only way to establish good bilateral
relations between nation states is to understand and get acquainted
with their languages, he added. The news
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